FEBRUARY 9, 2018 — Emergency planners from across the western United States gathered last week to discuss best practices, learn about new resources, and to get updates on regulatory changes. As part of the meeting, members of the CAMEO® team provided an overview of the CAMEO software suite and a sneak peek at upcoming development.
Hosted by the EPA on January 30 and 31, the 2018 Western Regions SERC Conference was an opportunity for State Emergency Response Commissions (SERCs) and Tribal Emergency Response Commissions (TERCs) to discuss the challenges and successes they face in their communities. Representatives from the chemical industry--including the Ammonia Training Safety Institute, American Petroleum Institute, BNSF Railway TransCAER® (Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response), The Fertilizer Institute, American Chemistry Council, International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration, and more--shared their perspectives on how industry and local government can work together to create safer, more prepared communities.
NOAA team members Brianne Connolly and Kristen Faiferlick shared updates about the development of the CAMEO software suite, and partners at the EPA shared information about recent regulation changes that impact the SERCs/TERCs. Additionally, a representative from the California State Emergency Response Commission shared his perspective working in a response center during the devastating Tubbs Fire in Northern California last fall.
The CAMEO team leverages conferences such as these to solicit feedback on our programs and keep up to date on industry trends and challenges. With several important software updates planned this year, the CAMEO team is excited to continue working with our users and empowering them to create prepared and resilient communities.